Daily Devotional 2-11-20

The Bliss of Broken Heart 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

The word meek is one that is not favored. It has almost assumed a negative posture. It carries with it an idea of weakness and cowardice. It paints a picture of an ineffective creature. But, Biblically, this is not so. In fact, God described Moses as a meek person in saying, “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth,” (Numbers 12:3). Yet, Moses was a very strong and effective leader. 

Praus, translated as meek, was one of the great Greek ethical words. It was used to describe an animal that has been domesticated and trained to obey a command. It was the word for the animal that has learned to accept control. Therefore, importing this idea into our contemporary sense we may say: blessed is the person who is God-controlled; blessed is the person who yields to the invitations of God; or blessed is the person who submits their instincts, impulses, and passions to the control of the Holy Spirit. It is these kinds of people that Jesus said would inherit the earth. They have their senses under discipline. These people are not necessarily weak or wishy-washy. They are not cowards. They are not fearful. They just have their senses under control. They know when to express the right emotions. They could be very angry, but their anger is expressed at the right time for the right reason.  

It is no wonder that one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). God does not desire the unwise and unguided letting loose of all sorts of emotions and instincts. Paul saw the necessity of meekness in ministry and life, and he practiced it. Thus, he said, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified,” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

You will be tempted. Someone might say something terrible about you and you might desire to retaliate. The pressure might be all on you and you feel like exploding and letting it all out in ways that do not honor God and the relationships around you. Just remember, blessed are those who have their instincts and passions under God’s control.

PRAYER: Lord, when I am overwhelmed by negative emotions, grant me the grace of meekness, to honor you and relationships around me.